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Alan Sillitoe in 2005
The Alan Sillitoe interview
After DH Lawrence he's probably Nottinghamshire's most famous author. As John Holmes discovers Alan Sillitoe's done much more than Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
Alan Sillitoe turned 80 on 4 March 2008. He's still writing and spends time travelling between London and Nottingham where several members of his family still live.
Back in the 60s he hit the big time when Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, that book that introduced the world to womanising Arthur Seaton became a best seller.
When it was turned into a film it caused shockwaves because of its authentic northern grittiness.
But Alan Sillitoe has written many more books including a sequel to Saturday Night... called Birthday, in 2001.
Alan Sillitoe was born on the 4 March 1928. He left school at 14 to work in the Raleigh bicycle factory before joining the Royal Air Force four years later.
During his time in the RAF he contracted tuberculosis and spent 16 months in hospital where he began to write.
In 1958 he wrote his first novel 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' which went on to be hugely successful and was adapted for the screen, as was his second novel 'The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner'.
Talking about his life
In an interview with BBC Radio Nottingham's John Holmes, conducted in March 2005, he talked about:-
last updated: 22/04/2008 at 12:13
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